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5 Interesting Things You Should Know About This Newest Art Gallery in Iloilo City

Here’s a closer look at the newest Thrive Art Gallery in Iloilo!

By: Karen Bermejo | February 03, 2024
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Thrive Art Gallery at The Shops at Atria is the newest art space in Iloilo City. It showcases the works of Iloilo-based artists.

Images: Thrive Art Projects (L); Writer (R)

As a city that celebrates its culture and arts, it's no wonder a visit to the museums and art galleries in Iloilo is a must for its visitors. Iloilo City is home to numerous museums and galleries showcasing the rich heritage of the city and a great way to discover the talents of the Ilonggos.

For those who love various art forms, a new art space has opened its doors for all. It was opened on January 7. With its accessible location, it's hard to miss this new art space. Here's a closer look at the Thrive Art Gallery and what you need to know for your visit.


1. It showcases the works of Iloilo-based artists.



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Artwork pieces by various artists are now on exhibit at Thrive Art Gallery.

Image: Writer

Eyed to showcase the works of artists from Iloilo and Western Visayas, this art gallery in Iloilo is positioned to be a hub for local talents. Fresh from its inaugural exhibit, the gallery now hosts another exhibition showcasing diverse work from Ilonggo artists.

Dubbed Pangágda/An Invitation, the exhibit showcases various artworks from talented artists based in Iloilo. It runs until February 16, 2024, and is a warm invitation to all to peek inside local artists’ varied and exciting works.

Visitors will be treated to an eclectic array of visual expressions using different mediums. Some paintings use pen and ink, acrylic, oil, and watercolor on paper. Meanwhile, other artworks are made of mixed media. Some used linoleum art, wood, and upcycled materials for their art pieces. There is also a Lomography installation at the gallery for those who love photographs. Artworks on display range from P2,500 to P50,000.

The Thrive Art Gallery now exhibits the work of the following Ilonggo artists: Maia Amo, Kristoffer Brasileño, PJ Cabanalan, Alan Cabalfin, Minda Marie Cabrera, Ed Defensor, Jeanroll Ejar, Vic Fario, CJ Galpo, Bea Gison, Ronnie Granja, Carlo Juntado, Jeline Laporga, Christian Lozañes, Jecko Magallon, Crispo Mantiquilla, Vic Nabor, Alex Ordoyo, Om Madhu, Osca Peñasales, Renwil Jake Portodo, Reymundi Salao, JM Siva, Eric Tacorda, Dado Tan, Marc van Boom, Leoniel Cerbas, and Althea Villanueva.

Anyone can request the entire catalog by emailing thriveartorg@gmail.com or calling 0917 1746766.


2. Bookworms will enjoy collections from local authors



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Books on display at Thrive Art Gallery.

Image: Writer

Besides the artworks on display, gallery visitors can grab a book from Ilonggo authors and more. There are books in English and even in Hiligaynon. The books available in this art gallery in Iloilo include Dagway sang Tubig by Alice Tan Gonzales, Saringsing by Elsed Togonon, Ilongga: Manifold Faces by Alice Tan Gonzales, Gugma ni Datu Lubay by Alex Delos Santos, and Rizal in Saga: A Life for Student Fans by Nick Joaquin.

People who want to read peacefully can also find a spot at the gallery. There are art books on the shelves for free reading. They can also share their thoughts and reviews through the gallery's Instagram account, @thriveartprojects.


3. Postcards, stickers, and other trinkets are available



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You can buy different merchandise at Thrive Art Gallery for souvenirs or personal use.

Image: Writer

Those who love artsy prints and stuff will also love the merchandise available at the Thrive Art Gallery. They have postcards of the various spots in Iloilo City. This art gallery in Iloilo has illustrations, acrylic keychains, button pins, calendars, and more. They have stickers with exciting prints and even mugs with colorful designs. These merch are great souvenirs for those traveling in the city or as gifts to friends.


4. It’s accessible to local food hubs



art gallery in Iloilo surrounded by coffee shops and food hubs

You can grab a hot bowl of batchoy from Netongs before checking out the artwork.

Image: Thrive Arts Project Facebook page

This art gallery in Iloilo is conveniently located at the heart of Atria Park District. The gallery is surrounded by coffee shops and food hubs where you can enjoy local Ilonggo dishes, too. Before checking out the artwork, you can order and bring a cup of coffee from the local coffee shops in the area, including Neighbor Coffee or the famous Madge Cafe. Those who love a hearty soup can also try the iconic batchoy from Netongs just in front of Thrive Art Gallery or the pansit molo from Kap Ising, which is just on the other side of the gallery. Those who want to try seafood can also grab lunch or dinner at Y2K Talabahan, just a few steps away from the gallery.


5. Yes, it’s open to the public for FREE!



art gallery in Iloilo surrounded by coffee shops and food hubs

This new art space is perfect if you have a strong passion for the arts!

Image: Writer

The good news is that this art gallery in Iloilo is also free to the public.

In addition to exhibitions, the art space is dedicated to organizing workshops and community-engaged activities highlighting the artistry of Ilonggo artists.

The gallery is also looking to collaborate with artists in the community. Artists can send their portfolios for review and collaboration to thriveartorg@gmail.com.


How to get to Thrive Art Gallery:
If you are coming from downtown, take a Jeepney, pass the SM - City Proper route, and get off at Atria District. Those from Molo can also take the Oton-Iloilo jeepney. You can also conveniently take a taxi to the area.


Thrive Art Gallery is located at The Shops at Atria, Ayala Malls in Mandurriao district, and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM.


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About Karen Bermejo
Karen writes to earn a living, tell stories and promote her advocacies. She’s a traveler and a volunteer. Her adventurous soul makes her more comfortable to sleep on the couch of a stranger than pay bucks for accommodation. Her ultimate dream is to travel the world, master a foreign language and learn how to swim. To keep her sanity while chasing her dreams, she chases waterfalls on weekends.
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